Are game show expenses deductible?


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Question:

Are travel expenses to game show locations deductible? I've
visited irs.gov, and all they say is that your winnings are
deductible. Okay, I get that...in fact, the state of
California has already taken its cut. But it cost about $400
just to fly out there from the East Coast. Another
contestant said that yes, you can deduct the airfare (though
I don't know where on the tax form), but I can't find any
supporting data for this. Would you fill out Schedule C?
What if you already have a small side business that you
already report on Schedule C? (I sense that game show
winnings are not considered "gambling" income.)

Another concern:

If the winnings check arrived in 2005 (and therefore is
taxable next April), but the expenses were incurred in 2004,
what do you do? (If expenses ARE deductible, should I deduct
them now, for this Friday--and where?--or should I hold onto
the receipts for next year, when I do my 2005 taxes?)

Who woulda thought that a very piddling check would require
this much labor? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
 
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Question:

Are travel expenses to game show locations deductible? I've
visited irs.gov, and all they say is that your winnings are
deductible. Okay, I get that...in fact, the state of
California has already taken its cut. But it cost about $400
just to fly out there from the East Coast. Another
contestant said that yes, you can deduct the airfare (though
I don't know where on the tax form), but I can't find any
supporting data for this. Would you fill out Schedule C?
What if you already have a small side business that you
already report on Schedule C? (I sense that game show
winnings are not considered "gambling" income.)

Another concern:

If the winnings check arrived in 2005 (and therefore is
taxable next April), but the expenses were incurred in 2004,
what do you do? (If expenses ARE deductible, should I deduct
them now, for this Friday--and where?--or should I hold onto
the receipts for next year, when I do my 2005 taxes?)

Who woulda thought that a very piddling check would require
this much labor? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Did this ever get answered? I was on a game show and paid for my flight and accommodations and everything else and would like to know everything I could deduct from my winnings. I won this year of 2017 for tax purposes.
 

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